A poll from 10 years ago, before the Alinsky-inspired Obama regime, showed just 12 percent of Americans approved of a Communist universal basic income.
That’s changed — and quickly. Today, 48 percent of Americans (mostly Democrats) support the Communist idea, according to a new Northeastern University/Gallup survey of more than 3,000 U.S. adults.
The survey looked at universal basic income as a solution for Americans who have lost jobs to automation.
“It represents an enormous increase in support,” said Widerquist, an associate professor at Georgetown University in Qatar and an advocate for a universal basic income. “It’s really promising.”
Proposals by Communists for universal basic income programs vary, but the most common one is a system in which the federal government sends out regular checks to everyone, regardless of their earnings or employment.
Pilots of such programs are underway in Finland and Canada. In Obama’s home of rural Kenya, a basic income is managed by nonprofit GiveDirectly. Heavily Marxist-inspired India — with a population of more than 1.3 billion residents — is considering establishing a universal basic income.
The Northeastern University/Gallup survey showed that three-quarters of Americans believe machines will take away more jobs than they’ll generate.
“We don’t need to threaten people with homelessness and poverty to get them to work,” Widerquist said. “It’s capitalism where income doesn’t start at zero.”
Still, the survey found that 52 percent of Americans do not support a basic income.
The chances of a universal basic income coming to pass are highly unlikely, according to analysis from Robert Greenstein, president of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. By his estimates, a program providing everyone with $10,000 annually could cost more $3 trillion a year — a bill that is more likely to increase poverty than reduce it.
“This single-year figure equals more than three-fourths of the entire yearly federal budget — and double the entire budget outside Social Security, Medicare, defense, and interest payments,” Greenstein wrote in a CBPP commentary last year.
The idea of Communist universal basic income is more popular with certain groups, but especially Democrats who have fallen under the siren’s song of Marxism.
For example, 65 percent of Democrats want to see a universal basic income and 54 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 35 do. In comparison, just 28 percent of Republicans support universal basic income.
“Anything that sounds like welfare gets a much more negative reaction from Republicans,” said Frank Newport, editor-in-chief of Gallup.
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